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Public Forum: Ivory Coast Update
Monday, February 21, 2005 - 7:00pm

In late 2004, the world turned its attention to Cote d'Ivoire, where sudden pro-government confrontations with French troops wounded hundreds and left many dead. Find out what happened—and what's happening now.

Portland State University
Multicultural Center
Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 228
(SW Broadway at Montgomery)

Evelyne Ello-Hart, from Cote d'Ivoire, presently works at Lutheran Community Services NW as the African Women's Coalition Coordinator. She has been in the US since 2002. Prior to coming to Portland, she lived and worked in Rome, Italy, for five years. Her educational background is in journalism and social communication. In her work with AWC, she is committed to building a strong African women's organization that will act as a voice for refugee and immigrant women.

The AWC is a new community-based organization that focuses on helping African women reach their highest potential through leadership development, advocacy and educational opportunities. Evelyne has a longstanding interest in African politics, particularly in regard to her own country where there has been a violent transition from one-party politics to a more democratic multiple-party system.

As a student activist at home, she organized non-violent political protests against the government of Felix Houphouet Boigny. Later, as a journalist, she followed the emergence of the new government under the leadership of Gbagbo Laurent. In the US, she continues to follow Cote d'Ivoire's current situation with great concern, particularly as she interacts with recently arrived refugees from Liberia who lived in Cote d'Ivoire for many years in refugee camps who tell her about the situation in her country.

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